Lyon ready for long slog in Adelaide

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Australia spinner Nathan Lyon was sitting on a roller and working as a member of the ground keeping team the last time England faced Australia at the Adelaide Oval, and he is champing at the bit to play his part this time.

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon was sitting on a roller and working as a member of the ground keeping team the last time England faced Australia at the Adelaide Oval, and he is champing at the bit to play his part this time.

In 2010, England won the match thanks to a double century from Kevin Pietersen, and Lyon was atop the roller every day. This time, he will play a crucial role with the ball, especially on the good batting deck.

Lyon said of the 2010 Ashes Test at the ground: "I was sitting on the roller watching the whole time and preparing to put the covers on the last day when England won.

"I was cutting the ground every morning so it was a different view and I can't wait to be out there enjoying an Ashes Test match."

Lyon went on to explain that he'd been given a bit of insider information, saying that the track looked very good for batting and the fast bowlers would need to stay fresh for long periods, which he hoped he could help with.

He added: "I've had a chat to Damo, my old boss, and it looks an absolute belter of a pitch, so credit to Damian. It looks pretty similar to what we're used to here in Adelaide. It might be a tad slower, but it looks pretty good.

"It's going to be a great challenge for both teams. It's going to be a good challenge for me. Test pitches are totally different to Shield pitches. Fingers crossed there'll be some foot marks there and over five days it may break up, who knows.

"It looks like I'm going to be able to bowl a few overs here and I'm looking forward to that challenge bowling to their batsmen. If I can hold up one end and rotate our quicks it's going to hopefully keep their legs as fresh as possible and they can bowl a few fast bumpers again."

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